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I am a multi-disciplinary agri-bioenergy-environmental modeller and inquiries are welcome discuss working with you as a co-author or research co-investigator.

I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions as part of a consortium as part of the UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4 program and on the NERC funded FAB-GGR project (bioenergy and carbon capture). I administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I have modified the model to use at two spatial scales under climate scenarios, and extended the model from its previous version, with modified water restriction on growth, two alternate evapo-transpiration modules, development of a soil carbon sequestration-decomposition procedure, and enhanced visual output. 

I won an industrial fellowship, and have been working with a partner company and its growers to refine crop yield in commerical settings.

Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in sustainable grassland and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years, and previously to that I worked in Canadian agriculture to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. 


Research Overview:


Research Fellow: Modeller of carbon cycling & bioenergy crops University of Aberdeen December 2017 – Present

Research Scientist: Agri-Environmental Systems Modeller Rothamsted Research March 2008 – August 2017 (9 years 6 months)

Research Scientist: University of Lethbridge September 2006 – December 2007 (1 year 4 months)


Climate Change Specialist: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Irrigation Branch May 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 5 months)

Researcher University of Lethbridge  September 2003 – May 2004 (9 months)

Post-Doc & Term Research Scientist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada October 1999 – September 2003 (4 years)

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Research Output

A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean?

Dhanoa, M. S., Louro, A., Cardenas, L. M., Shepherd, A., Sanderson, R., Lopez, S. & France, J., 17 Apr 2020, In : Atmospheric Environment. 237, 8 p., 117500.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Commercial experience with Miscanthus crops: establishment, yields and environmental observations

    Shepherd, A., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Kam, J., Buckby, S. & Hastings, A., Jul 2020, In : Global Change Biology. Bioenergy. 12, 7, p. 510-523 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Ensuring net-zero is a win-win for the climate and the environment

    Beaumont, N., Armstrong, A., Agnolucci, P., Hastings, A., Holland, R., Day, B., Delafield, G., Eigenbrod, F., Taylor, G., Lovett, A., Shepherd, A. & Hooper, T., Dec 2019, Review of Energy Policy 2019. London: UKERC, p. 6-7 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Science of the Total Environment (Journal)

    Mewa Singh Dhanoa (Peer Review), , Laura M. Cardenas (Peer Review), & Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)

    Sep 2019Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

    Crop modelling to explore the impacts and trade-offs on the carbon balance of large-scale biomass use

    Anita Shepherd (Author), , Astley Francis St John Hastings (Contributor), & naomi vaughan (Organiser)

    Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangePublic Engagement

    University College London

    Nichola Beaumont (Collaborator), , Astley Francis St John Hastings (Collaborator), & Anita Shepherd (Collaborator)

    15 Oct 2019

    Activity: Academic activities - External/InternalVisiting an external academic institution

    Aid to Students: reviewing, advice

    Anita Shepherd (Examiner)

    Feb 2018Apr 2018

    Activity: Examination, Reviewing, Supervision, Teaching, or TutoringSupervision

    IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) (Journal)

    Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)

    Jul 2018Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts